Read 2 Samuel 14 – These people did strange things.
Joab arranges a ruse, much like the one Nathan used when confronting King David in 2 Sam 12… asking the wise woman from Tekoa to dress as if in mourning and present his script to David. As she is revealing her true intent, she says something incredible in 14:14 “All of us must die eventually. Our lives are like water spilled out on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. But God does not just sweep life away; instead, he devises ways to bring us back when we have been separated from him.” She makes the point; it has a bit of a comical flare when the King asks her if Joab put her up to it (14:19). Absalom returns on the condition he cannot come into the presence of the king.
Verse 14:30 made me laugh, yet it worked, and our chapter ends with reconciliation. Reconciliation is what God longs for; Jesus lived, was tested and sinless, bled, died and rose again that we might be reconciled to God – we only have to make the free-will choice to receive Salvation. 😊🤴🕊